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Why Ilana Glazer Is Speaking Out About Pelvic Health

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I think about The Golden Girls a lot. Lately, one episode in particular has been on my mind: a 1989 two-parter called “Sick and Tired.” After five months of feeling perpetual brain fog and weakness and exhaustion so intense that she sometimes can’t even speak, Dorothy Zbornak (the late great Bea Arthur), takes herself to a series of doctors (all men) seeking help. She explains her situation in grave and great detail—that she has been so sick that she was forced to quit her job, and she knows inherently that something is going wrong with her body. Over and over again, she is dismissed. One doctor posits that loneliness is her real problem—“How’s your social life? Do you see men?” he asks—and another suggests she take a cruise or dye her hair blonde. Finally, after many attempts, a neurologist takes her symptoms seriously, diagnosing her with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome).

That episode aired over 30 years ago, but it highlights an issue that continues to affect many women today: How sexism in healthcare can lead to very real symptoms and pain being brushed aside by doctors.

“I remember being 15 years old and my mom and I sitting there and this doctor telling me that my problem was too problematic for him, and just feeling laughed at and so angry,” says actor and comedian Ilana Glazer, describing one encounter with a urologist in her conservative Long Island hometown. He was just one in a long series of doctors who dismissed the pain that Glazer suffered through for most of her life. “I started experiencing pelvic pain at a very young age, which is four,” Glazer says. “That’s when I remember first experiencing it, and it was chronic pain from ages four to 24.” She told her mother about the pain at age seven. Later, Glazer would learn that she’d been experiencing urethral spasms, but her pediatrician gave her a yeast infection cream. “I believe the unconscious purpose of it was to have a numbing effect and not to come back to him with more complications,” she says. She was later mis-prescribed UTI antibiotics nearly a dozen times, and another urologist told her the pain was her fault, a result of having sex with her high school boyfriend.

It wasn’t until Glazer met a doctor years later whose daughter was, coincidentally, suffering with the same pelvic issues that she was taken seriously. And it wasn’t until she was in college that Glazer would finally understand that her physical anguish had a mental tipping point. “I look back at my pelvic floor as where I held my anxiety and depression,” Glazer says. Her path out of pain would be multi-pronged: an antidepressant, talk therapy, a shift forward in her career when she entered the comedy world (“I think that a big part of my anxiety was, Am I going to be the person that I want to be?”), and—most impactful—pelvic floor physical therapy. Her Brooklyn-based pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Kristi Latham, would do internal massage working out knots in her labia, massage through her bellybutton, do biofeedback (where a practitioner uses various instruments to monitor bodily functions then makes suggestions basked on the feedback), and offer her a toolkit for how to deal with the pain at home. “I couldn’t believe I wasn’t alone,” Glazer says.

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Kim Kardashian Wore a Nude Bikini and Thigh-High Boots to the Gym Because She’s Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian is hopping on the thigh-high boot trend in a very Kim Kardashian way.

On August 13, the newly single reality star shared a low-fi video wearing a nude string bikini with a pair of heeled thigh-high boots to strut around a gym while a cover of “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones played in the background. To make sure her shoulders stayed warm, Kardashian covered them up with what appears to be a white T-shirt pulled behind her back. 

“Gym time,” she captioned the perplexing video. (To be clear, Kardashian may have lifted a singular weight in the entire clip…maybe.) “I wore this to the gym this morning,” her sister Khloé Kardashian joked in the comments. 

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While Kim Kardashian could be wearing a wig in the video—she debuted a blunt platinum lob in late June—it’s also possible that this video was taken while the reality star was still dating Pete Davidson. The long blonde style with dark roots sure looks like it did in May when she was snapped by paparazzi outside a studio in Los Angeles. Davidson was with her that day, dying his own hair to match hers while she conducted a photo shoot for her Skims shapewear line. 

Kardashian and Davidson broke up in early August after nine months of dating. While it was initially reported that the pair called it quits over their busy schedules and long-distance struggles, a source later told Entertainment Tonight that “the spark” had “faded.” 

“They had tons of chemistry, and still do, but she kind of wants to be single and date,” the source continued. “Kim still adores Pete and will always be friends with him. She still thinks he’s the nicest and sweetest guy in the world and there’s no drama or anything weird between them now.”



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The Best Dressed Stars This Week Chose Unexpected Shapes

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This week, the best dressed stars embraced theatricality on the red carpets. Big, bold silhouettes prevailed at movie premieres and Hollywood parties—whether it was dresses with voluminous ruffles, slouchy denim boots, or even sequined hoods. The memo among A-listers was to expect the unexpected when it came to their fashion choices.

Some of the standouts this week? Certain celebrities opted for vintage ensembles with strong shapes. Take Sydney Sweeney at the HCA TV Awards this weekend, when she revived a Mugler dress from 1981 that had exaggerated peplums. Or Kylie Jenner, who celebrated her 25th birthday this weekend in a vintage Paco Rabanne look. The silvery getup complete with a disco ball-like hood, which was ready to party the night away in.

Impactful colors also had a moment. On the Jimmy Fallon show, Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan opted for a Zimmermann floral dress with tons of ruffles, While out in New York, Lili Reinhart also slipped into Tory Burch’s sporty dress with a dash of yellow color-blocking. Speaking of New York, however, there was one city street style moment that truly stole the show: When Rihanna emerged in Y/Project’s extra-slouchy denim boots, fresh off the runway. A head-turning accessory only the Bad Gal herself could truly pull off.

Which were your favorite celebrity looks this week? Be sure to vote below, and check back on Friday to see which ensemble is the ultimate best dressed of the week.

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The Kardashian-Jenners Show Three Ways to Modernize Body-Con Dresses

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If you’ve been following the Kardashian-Jenners since their early days on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’ll know that the stylish siblings have always loved a body-con dress: Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe in particular. The show skyrocketed to fame in the early 2010s, after all—there was no better time for skintight Hervé Léger bandage dresses. Over the years, the five siblings’ personal styles may have evolved, but their penchant for form-fitting frocks has never quite quit (Kim, for instance, has been favoring Balenciaga’s spandex catsuits lately). This weekend on Instagram, Kylie posted a new photo with Kendall and Kim, and their trio of summery outfits showcased a more modern update on their signature body-con dressing.

Posing aboard a yacht for Kylie’s 25th birthday celebrations, the three sisters did figure-hugging dresses in a fresh, new way. Kylie wore a sequined and sheer off-the-shoulder dress, complete with an asymmetrical high slit. It’s a more minimal (and elegant) take on the vacuum-sealed style. Kim opted for a shredded red Rick Owens gown that had one long sleeve, her design favoring the more futuristic vibe she’s been channeling as of late. Kendall, meanwhile, slipped into a two-piece, choosing a glitzy bra top and skirt that’s perfect for a night out.

Fashion in general has been moving back towards body-con silhouettes—see the clingy pieces at Mugler, Jacquemus, and Eckhaus Latta—so the Kardashian-Jenners are clearly onto something with keeping their signature sexy look alive. It would be a sight to see the Kardashian-Jenners slip back into their 2010s club wear—but their 2022 takes on the vibe is pretty close. They’re a little more (okay a lot more) current.

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